Posts Tagged ‘Healthcare’

Do hospitals need a diet?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Patients aren’t the only ones getting bigger. In spite of major advances in technology and cash infusions, healthcare spaces are expanding. Maybe rooms just need more space for all the new devices that are used in care, or maybe hospital projects need to go on a diet.

This week, AIA Seattle and AHP Medical are hosting a medical forum “The future of healthcare: Supersized or lean?

The event will include a seminar with H. Scot Latimer of Kurt Salmon Associates called “Are we Supersizing Healthcare?”

Another lecture, by J. Michael Rona of Rona Consulting Group, will address what kind of leadership is needed for a lean transformation in healthcare. I’m looking forward to hearing their takes and learning more about what kinds of waistlines local architects are seeing in upcoming projects in the current economy.

In health care design, change your conversation and change the world

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

If you really want to convince health care clients to pay for green design, you need to change the way you talk to them.

That’s what presenters at a health care design workshop said this morning.

Duncan Griffin

The workshop was part of the Engineering Vision 2030 conference, and was led by architect Duncan Griffin of NBBJ and engineer Dick Moeller of CDI Engineers. The two are involved in research for new green health care standards.

Dick Moeller

Talking to them differently is key to convincing medical clients to go green, Griffin and Moeller said.

Energy is not a big deal to health care clients compared to some of their other costs, Moeller said. So you need to show them how reducing energy affects the things that really cost them and that they care about most.

What matters to them? Employee retention and productivity, and patient health and safety.

So rather than assuming the client wants to reduce energy consumption, engineers and architects will get further showing clients studies on how more exposure to natural light speeds healing time. Or by talking about how different energy systems affect air quality and employee health.

 Children's Hospital of Denver

If you speak their language, they’re likely to listen. And that could have a huge impact. While health care buildings make up only 4 percent of U.S. buildings by square footage, Griffin said, they make up 9 percent of building energy consumed.